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Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives, & Spoons

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Course Overview

Create beautiful and useful things for your kitchen using simple hand tools and native woods. Participants in this course will be introduced to the Swedish traditions of köksredskap, or the process of carving functional utensils, including butterknives, small spoons, or bread boards. Students will start by splitting a green log, then use classic hand tools to carve their desired project. Instruction will cover how to properly care for your creations so that they will be durable and functional for years to come. No experience necessary as we provide the tools, wood, and direction. Students will leave with two to three hand carved projects that are reminiscent of yesteryear. No trips to Ikea here, just innovative designs following the folk art traditions of Sweden. Students will be using motions similar to using a hammer for an extended period of time: moderate wrist strength is needed. 

Required Tools

  • Pencil and drawing paper
  • Carving knife with short blade (2" to 3")

Optional Tools (If you have these, please bring them)

  • Carving knife with short blade (2" to 3")
  • Hatchet or axe
  • Eye protection
  • Carving hook or gouge 
  • Some items may be available for purchase @ North House School Store


Tue, Jul 25th, 2023  –  Wed, Jul 26th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $210.00
Materials fee: $15.00
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North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jon Strom
Jon Strom
Cook, MN

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Carving Köksredskap: Breadboards, Butter Knives, & Spoons